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Cry me a river, or was it drink me a river?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I keep making forays into being a water drinker. Not that I don't like water, but getting to a good amount on a daily basis feels as insurmountable as, well, drinking a river. As a work buddy would say, "Geez, oh, Pete!"

I've seen recommendations lately that you should drink half your weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 150 lbs (dream on, Donna), you would need to drink 75 ounces of water, 200 lbs and you're drinking 100 ounces of water. That's a lot of water. Even if I shoot for the eternal, magical 8x8 (eight 8oz glasses), that's a lot of water.

Golfing in the summer heat makes it easy. I drink more then, naturally. The rest of the time, it's a struggle. I've tried it cold, ice cold, at room temperature. Flavored, plain, fizzy or with lemon. Special containers, phone apps for tracking, Sharpie marks on the side of a water bottle indicating how many times I've refilled it. I could count coffee, milk, juice, tea, diet soda, etc. and get a little closer to my goal, but it feels like cheating and I have a hard enough time remembering how much plain water I drank, much less all the other beverages.

Sometimes I feel like a remake of the movie 50 First Dates. Yesterday, I started over at reaching my daily goal. And the day before. And the day before that, week, month, year. So here I am again. I seriously think I'm better off chugging 8 oz of tap water every time I think of it, like medicine. If I cut myself some slack and try to ease into it during the day, it's suddenly evening time and I'm peeing a river through the night getting up multiple times.

Here's my solemn pledge to you, my Spark friends - today is another do-over. I will try once more to get that water in and bless my body 8 ounces at a time.

Donna G
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  • LINDA!
    So good for you. I am happy that you are increasing your water intake.
    813 days ago
    I'm doing the water challenge too, and find that it is encouraging me to drink more water. I have to take meds three times a day, so get a full glass each time with the pills. Then I drink a full glass with each meal...so we are up to six already. I do count my coffee, tea and milk that I drink for the day, so that's an extra two or three. I keep track on a piece of paper each day, with tally marks. I find that on day when I have a lot of foods that contain water, like soup or servings of fruit, I don't drink as much, but that makes sense to me, since the food has a lot of water. I think if we are getting 8 glasses a day, that's what matters, and any extra is just helping more. As a bonus, I think it is helping me to snack less and eat a bit less, and zero calories...so, a plus! Thanks for blogging...a good reminder for us all!
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    813 days ago
    It's not just about drinking water. You need electrolytes, potassium, sodium and magnesium. If you drink to much, youll flush them out and Jack up blood pressure. Besides in this heat, I think 3 litters is enough for 200lbs with Himalayan salt.
    813 days ago
    Join the water challenge and it makes you think to stay committed. Also it helps to drink every time you go to the bathroom. Pee then drink more. emoticon
    813 days ago
    I drink a ton of water every day and yes, I get up to pee at least once each night - usually more. Good luck today!
    813 days ago
    Thank you! That fits well into my "take it like medicine" idea. I'll give that a try. It would probably help me to tell myself, "No food until you've had those two glasses." LOL

    Funny thing is, once I start drinking water regularly, I begin craving it and suddenly it's easier. Just getting to that point is the challenge.

    Have a good day.
    813 days ago
    Here’s how I defeated that burden. Have two glasses of water right before each meal. This way you only need two more in between meals and it helps offset hunger. You will know if it was real hunger or head hunger. Hope this helps
    813 days ago
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